Candidates campaign as early voting rolls on

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With early voting still going strong, candidates for governor are making the most of the these final days before Election Day, Nov. 6.

The race for Governor of Tennessee, one of the bigger races we are watching, has Democrat Karl Dean and Republican Bill Lee vying to replace Gov. Bill Haslam as his term ends. 

Governor candidate Karl Dean said he’s pleasantly surprised at the early voter turnout. 

“There’s a lot of new people voting – a lot of people who haven’t voted for a long time are going back to the polls and there are newly registered people so I think it’s gonna be fascinating,” said Dean.

Meanwhile, Republican Bill Lee continues his tour of all 95 counties in the state. Lee was at Ruby Falls in Chattanooga, touting an endorsement from the Tennessee chapter of the National Federation of Independent Businesses and talking about new ideas he hopes to bring to the governor’s office. 

“We’ll be addressing those new challenges the opioid epidemic is a new, the severity of it is new to the day and that will be important, the way we address education in a new way with a greater emphasis on vocational and technical education,” he said. 

In Knox County, the early voting and absentee voting has already crossed the 50,000-mark as of Tuesday afternoon. 

The county election administrator predicts turnout in the 125-to 130,000 range, which is substantially higher than mid-terms four and eight years ago. 

Early voting rolls on through Nov. 1. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6. 

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